Guests:  Tanya Letterman-Shue, Vice President, Clinical Services; Ron Luskin, Cultural Competency Skills Workshop Project Manager, Journey Mental Health Center.

Journey Mental Health Center (formerly Dane County Mental Health Services) is the largest provider of mental health services in Dane County serving over 12,000 individuals and families last year.  JMHC is considered the safety net for mental health services in the community.  It is the place of last resort for those needing mental health services and are not covered by any insurance program and have no ability to pay.

On this program, Tanya Letterman-Shue, Vice President, Clinical Services, and Ron Luskin, Cultural Competency Skills Workshop Project Manager, talk in depth of the path to recovery they pursue with their culturally and ethnically diverse consumer population.  JMHC focuses on health, wellness and recovery, and their experience with and new approaches to diagnose and treat clients from diverse backgrounds will be shared at an upcoming Cultural Competency Skills Workshop for mental health practitioners they are hosting on September 28.

For a preview of what they have learned, tune in to this program.


Guests:  Suresh Chandra, MD, Emeritus Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Founder, Combat Blindness International;  Reena Chandra Rajpal, Masters in Pubic Health in International Health and CBI Board President.

“The day I discovered that blindness in developing countries is primarily caused by cataracts in adults and Vitamin A deficiency in children, conditions that could be corrected quickly and inexpensively, I was astounded. That compelled me to start Combat Blindness Foundation, now Combat Blindness International,” said Dr. Suresh Chandra.  For 34 years, the mission of CBI has been to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide by providing sustainable, equitable solutions for sight.  The number of countries and people reached grows each year.

On tomorrow’s program, Dr. Chandra is joined by CBI Board President, Reena Chandra Rajpal, MPH.  They tell the stories of how a 20-minute cataract surgery that costs as little as $25 restores sight to the blind within 24 hours.  And how their pediatric program is changing lives.  80% of what a child learns is done visually.  By treating a child’s visual impairment with glasses, the most common correction needed, equal educational opportunities are opened up to them. They describe the innovations and partnerships they have established over the years to expand their efforts and the advancements made in eye health along the way.

For more success stories on how Combat Blindness is restoring sight locally and globally, the public is invited to their World Sight Day event Thursday, September 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Madison Marriott West.  Guests will enjoy international foods from the countries served by CBI followed by a curated, blindfolded tasting of beer or tea and cheese.  For more information and to register to attend, go to


Guests: Jennifer Baird, Dir. of Development, Coordinator, JOURNEY OF AGING;  Marianne Gariti, Owner, and Heidi Stanley, Moving Forward

JOURNEY OF AGING, a resource guide for caregivers and aging adults in south central Wisconsin, continues to expand in distribution, content and geographical reach.  The Fall 2017 issue will soon be available at all the distribution centers where free publications are offered.

On this program, Jennifer Baird, Coordinator of JOURNEY OF AGING for its publisher, Towns & Associates, describes the expansion of the publication and the range of engaging articles included in the magazine.  Joining Jennifer are Marianne Gariti, owner, and Heidi Stanley from Moving Forward, a Senior Move Management company that helps seniors move or downsize – coordinating every aspect of the move and transition.  Moving Forward’s story and services are featured in just one of the many informative articles included in the fall issue.

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Guest:  Jane Mahoney, MD, Professor, UW Division of Geriatrics;  Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute was founded in 1998 and is within the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.  It is separate from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center which was established in 2009 at UW with a grant from the National Institute on Aging.  Both programs are under UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health’s major Initiative to End Alzheimer’s and demonstrate UW’s recognition as a premier Alzheimer’s research center.

On this program, Jane Mahoney, MD, describes the breadth of the Institute’s outreach in Wisconsin and their primary research, the WRAP study, which is the world’s largest longitudinal research study on adults whose parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  The goals are to identify Alzheimer’s early – before symptoms appear – and understand biological, health, and lifestyle factors that increase or decrease risk.

For an overview of where the vast research community is today on identifying the causes, effective treatments, and hopefully a cure for Alzheimer’s, tune in this program.  Learn, also, what you can do to decrease your risk of developing this devastating disease.


Guests:  Carmela Mulroe, Director of Activities and Volunteers; Ashley Lund, Activity Coordinator/TRIBE Facilitator; Patricia Vallon, Bobbie Jackson, Shirley Lewis, Ann Moran, residents – SSM Health St. Mary’s Care Center

New research underscores the growing awareness that loneliness and social isolation influence the risk of early death.  In fact, according to researchers at Brigham Young University, loneliness and social isolation are bigger threats to public health than obesity which affects more than a third of adults in the United States.  No where can the threat be more present than when typically older people who require the care provided in skilled care facilities let go of the life they always knew and move into a facility providing the care they need.

Carmela Mulroe is well aware of the difficulty this transition can be and knows that beside food, shelter and clothing, a person’s total needs include feeling a sense of belonging, of engagement, of purpose, of self worth.  As a result, TRIBE, an acronym for True Relationships Build Engagement/Empowerment was introduced at St. Mary’s Care Center.  In TRIBES, small groups of residents gather together and take charge of their lives, their activities, their goals and future plans.  Is it working?  Are they engaged?  Do they feel at home?

On this program, you will hear from Patricia Vallon, Bobbie Jackson, Shirley Lewis and Ann Moran – all residents and active members of a TRIBE at St. Mary’s Care Center.  They make the lives they are living now come to life as they describe what their TRIBE has meant to them.  Joining them on the program are Carmela Mulroe and Ashley Lund.